As we saw in January, by the mid-Victorian era – a time of growing conspicuous consumption – entire fur garments were high fashion for an affluent minority. By the 1880s, although full fur coats remained beyond popular reach, soft fur accessories including hats, muffs and neck-warmers became more affordable. For these small items, the whole animal skin including the head, paws and tail, was admired, starting a decorative trend that was condemned by some, like the Young Ladies Journal, which protested against the wearing of ‘cats’ heads, tiny monkeys and large perroquets upon one’s bonnet’.